Friday, August 31, 2012
Woodbury resident Mark Anderson voices his support for the incumbent Washington County Board member.
Friday, August 31, 2012
The other day Lisa Weik, candidate for re-election to the Washington County Board, stopped by my house. She was going door-to-door in the Colby Lake neighborhood to meet fellow Woodbury residents and listen to constituent concerns about the county, especially after redistricting. I was thoroughly impressed with Lisa's knowledge of county and local issues and her commitment to providing a voice to the citizens in her district. Lisa Weik's focus on keeping county property taxes low hit all the right notes for me. She is committed to holding the line on spending and streamlining delivery of county services. Effective, efficient and accountable government is not just a political talking point. Being accountable to the taxpayers means that …
Tuesday, August 21, 2012
Dick Hanson chimes in on the race for the District 5 Washington County Board seat.
With the primary elections behind us, it's time to focus on the upcoming general election, especially with the new boundaries after redistricting impacted local races. During her short tenure on the Washington County Board, Commissioner Lisa Weik has done an incredible job representing the interests of taxpayers in the county, including veterans and small business owners. She worked hard to ensure Washington County and Woodbury's business interests were "at the table" when the new Minneapolis/St. Paul Regional Economic Development Partnership was launched to grow commerce and living wage jobs. I've also witnessed firsthand Lisa's dedication to public service, and especially military families, while volunteering together with the Woodbury …
Wednesday, June 6, 2012
Retired District 833 teacher plans to take on commissioner who has been on the county board since 2008.
Former Woodbury City Council member Nancy Remakel will run against Lisa Weik for the District 5 seat on the Washington County Board of Commissioners. “I really like local government,” said Remakel, a longtime science teacher in District 833. “You can touch people’s lives directly.” Currently the chair of the Woodbury Planning Commission, Remakel has also served on the Washington County Library Board and worked as the publicity chair for Woodbury’s open space referendum. Remakel, a 34-year resident of Woodbury, told Patch that transportation, protecting natural resources and using county tax dollars efficiently are her main priorities. Meanwhile, Weik issued a release this week announcing that she has filed for the newly redrawn District 5 …
Wednesday, April 18, 2012
Washington County Commissioner Bill Pulkrabek says he’s gotten calls from people encouraging him stay and run against Commissioner Lisa Weik this fall.
Washington County Commissioner Bill Pulkrabek says he doesn’t necessarily oppose a new district map that puts his home outside of Oakdale’s district and into one shared with Woodbury Commissioner Lisa Weik, but he does oppose how it came about. “It’s just more upsetting to me that we’ve had a process we followed. We’ve been working on it for months,” he told Patch. “We were all in agreement. Then Gary (Kriesel) and Lisa (Weik) basically show up and stab you in the back.” The county board on April 10 had informally agreed on a redistricting plan, choosing from five options, he said. But the board switched gears Tuesday and approved an entirely new plan, with Pulkrabek being the lone vote against. The new plan was based on maps emailed out …
The Washington County Board set new commissioner boundaries Tuesday.
Woodbury will be represented by three Washington County commissioners starting in 2013. The Washington County Board on Tuesday set new commissioner boundaries to reflect population changes from the 2010 Census. The redrawn District 5 includes the bulk of Woodbury, with the northwestern part of the city in District 2 and the southwestern part of the city in District 4. (See the map with this story and specific precincts below.) For Woodbury, the concern was never the number of commissioners who would represent the city, rather it was that the city wanted more time to weigh in on the proposals, Mayor Mary Giuliani Stephens said. The city held a workshop on county redistricting the Wednesday before Tuesday’s county board vote. “There really …
Friday, September 30, 2011
The Washington County Board member who represents most of Woodbury says progress is being made on I-94 study, new St. Croix River bridge.
Friday, September 30, 2011
As fall takes the stage as the next act in our theater of seasons, a number of topics, such as the annual budget, are up for discussion on the county level. But the most prominent and important topic was transportation this summer. The Gateway Corridor Commission was created in 2009 to study and plan alternative transportation options for the area along Interstate 94. The transportation study is looking at alternatives to alleviate congestion along I-94 that includes a new St. Croix River Crossing and transit options. As chair, I work with local elected officials and community leaders in the Gateway Corridor. Commission members are Ramsey County and Washington County Regional Railroad Authorities, the cities of Afton, Lake Elmo, Lakeland, …
Thursday, July 28, 2011
Commissioner Bill Pulkrabek said he wanted to wait to give his report until Commissioner Dennis Hegberg was present.
Disagreement about follow-up reports from the National Association of Counties conference broke out between Washington County Board members at the July 26 meeting. Commissioner Bill Pulkrabek declined to give a report on his participation in the conference, saying he wanted to wait until Commissioner Dennis Hegberg was present. (Hegberg, who also attended the conference, was absent from the meeting due to a death in the family.) Meanwhile, Commissioner Autumn Lehrke gave a report on the sessions she sat in on at the national conference in Portland, OR. Because three commissioners attended the conference, the board's July 19 meeting was canceled. Commissioner Lisa Weik, who did not attend the conference, said she didn't see why Pulkrabek …
Wednesday, June 22, 2011
Commissioners who argued that three board members don't need to go to a Portland, OR, conference were outvoted.
Two Washington County commissioners who questioned the timing of sending three commissioners to an out-of-state conference in July were outvoted Tuesday, following a heated discussion. Commissioners Lisa Weik and Gary Kriesel said only two board members should attend the National Association of Counties' Portland, OR, conference to cut costs and prevent having to cancel the July 19 board meeting due to lack of a quorum. With an impending state government shutdown and tight budgets, they argued it’s bad timing to cancel the meeting and spend money unnecessarily. “Just because we’ve budgeted something doesn’t mean we need to spend it,” said Weik, who represents most of Woodbury. Autumn Lehrke—who along with Dennis Hegberg and Bill Pulkrabek …
Thursday, December 16, 2010
Meanwhile, Commissioner Myra Peterson floats the idea of adding two members to the board during discussions of commissioners' pay.
While Washington County will spend about $33 million more in 2011 than it did in 2010, the amount taxpayers have to kick in will remain the same. The Washington County Board of Commissioners on Tuesday approved its 2011 budget and levy. The budget increase (to $216.6 million total) is covered by nearly $36 million in anticipated bond proceeds and additional intra-governmental funds from the local, state and federal levels, according Melinda Kirk, a county budget analyst. That means taxpayers will pay the same $86.78 million into the budget that they did in 2010. "Taxpayers should know that we worked on a very constrained budget," said Commissioner Lisa Weik, who represents the bulk of Woodbury on the county board. "We had a choice …